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As a contribution to the re-evaluation of Papadiamantis‟ literary oeuvre this thesis sets out to explore the social dimension of his work by focusing on his Athenian short stories. This literary corpus, a significant part of the literature describing the urban environment in the last decade of the nineteenth and the first decade of the twentieth century, offers an insight into Papadiamantis‟ views on the social reality of the Greek capital and society at large. The first chapter outlines the socio-historical parameters that contributed to the increasing presence of Athens in Greek prose fiction of that period and explores the ways different urban narratives sought to record the changing physiognomy of the capital. …